Opera Finale 2015/2016


THE SECOND VIENNESE SCHOOL

»In Vienna you've got to die before they celebrate you. But then you live for a long time.« Helmut Qualtinger

Vienna in 1900 was filled with exciting conflicts between tradition and new beginnings. The city, influenced by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler for a century, had turned into an experimental laboratory of modern music. It was Mahler, the last great composer of classical symphonies, who described this spirit of exploration: Tradition, he said, is »the handing over of fire, not worshipping ashes«. Parallel to Sigmund Freud's focus on the id, ego and super-ego in psychoanalysis, painters' works were becoming more expressionstic and abstract, Dadaism freed words and their meaning from rigid grammatical rules and music, atonal at first, and later twelve-tone, was devised by the Viennese shoemaker's son Arnold Schönberg. It was he who founded the second Viennese school. Schönberg's atonal and twelve-tone revolution, which gave every tone in the chromatic scale equal rights, was deemed to be a scandalous break with European music history. Schönberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern gradually brought a radical new sound language into being. This season's Opera Finale, to celebrate the Viennese double bill of Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Michael Langemann's Anna Toll, commissioned by Oper Frankfurt, and Christof Loy's new production of Wozzeck, will investigate one of the most exciting stages of 20th century avant-garde.
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DON CARLO
Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday 29.06.2013 18:30 h
Opera House

L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
(The Coronation of Poppea)
Claudio Monteverdi
Saturday 29.06.2013 19:30 h
Bockenheimer Depot

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